Once I get settled I will write more.
Once I get settled I will start working out.
Once I get settled I will eat better.
Do you see a pattern? For the last couple weeks these thoughts have been on repeat in my head. With less than one week until I move, I get to feel settled very soon. I’ve had such a great week, I’ve gotten to visit with a lot of my friends & I’ve eaten at almost every place in Lexington that makes my little heart beat faster. With all the big changes I want to stay cool, calm & collected. So, I’ve been researching self care to find practices that I can do in my every day stressful little life. I’ve found that these techniques of self care, no matter how silly they may seem, have helped me to relax & settle, even if it’s just for an hour.
Self Care & Settle:
Hiking or being in nature is something that I’ve always really enjoyed. A short or even long hike seems to make all the difference in my mood & helps me sleep so well. Hiking is a great workout & for me it’s so much better when spent chatting & laughing with friends. Yesterday, I went with two of my hiking buddies Sarah & Jennie to Gray’s Arch in the Red River Gorge. Once we were finished hiking, I realized we did 6.5 miles & a bazillion steps! This was good, because then we stopped at Miguel’s for a slice (or 4) of pizza.
Exploring is such a good time with these ladies. They are definitely the most adventurous, easy going gals I’ve ever met. While discussing how we’d like to do a camping trip I told them my only fear was having to do a potty break in the middle of the night. Then I quickly added if I did, I would wake both of them up. Jennie would have the toilet paper (she’s always prepared) & Sarah would get us to where we need to go.
Today, my friend Misty & I went to the Pinnacles in Berea & stopped at Native Bagel on our way. Cheddar bagel with jalapeño cream cheese, yes please. Why didn’t I bring one back for tomorrow?
The Pinnacles has always been one of my favorites. It’s more of a steep incline at first, always giving plenty of time to reflect during the first leg, because it’s way too hard to talk for those us that don’t hike up hills everyday.
I’ll admit it is hard for Misty & I to be quiet for more than a minute & that’s one of the reasons why today was so special. I honestly have never met a friend like Misty, I could spend all day telling you what an amazing person she is. I have loved how we have bonded over our hiking trips. Among being a great writer (read her blog) she’s also a hell of a photographer (I stole the photo above from her). It’s also rare to find that one friend who will say “peace out, today was fun, but I’m going to take a nap” & you laugh because it’s the same thing you were thinking!
- Favorite Hikes
MAKING HOME COOKED MEALS –
There is something about cooking & being in the kitchen with complete silence besides the sizzle of a skillet that soothes me. I often will pour a glass of wine & then proceed to dirty a thousand dishes. I have go to recipes that are easy & quick but when I experiment with something new I feel the most at ease. Maybe cooking isn’t a self care ritual for some of you. I can see how the dirty dishes would send some over the edge. In fact, they would send me over the edge too, but part of my ritual is cleaning up as I go. You may have also noticed that I said I like the kitchen/house quiet while I cook. I’ll be honest, I like quiet a lot of the time, but it adds to why enjoyment & relaxation.
- Favorite Recipes
- My all time go to – Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage & Baby Spinach. Thank you Skinnytaste!
- I haven’t made this yet, but hello fall! Potato Leek Soup by Skinnytaste
- Cabernet Sauvignon – Josh Cellars…YUM!
BUBBLES & MASKS –
Last night I needed to relax in a bath or I knew my muscles would be so mad at me from using them the first time in 100 years yesterday. The funny thing is I get more excited about the thought of my bath than the bath itself. I pour some bath salts or crumble up some bubble bars & grab my favorite book. I slap on a mask of some sort, because I’m self caring right? Then I tell Alexa “set alarm for 10 minutes” & will continue to ask her “how many minutes left” for the next 9. I basically overheat. I can’t get into my book because the face mask is going into my eyes. Somehow, when I get out of the tub after those ten minutes I think to myself “wow, that felt so good”. Basically friends I’m a basket case.
I will say that after my FabFitFun Box, all I wanted to do was make some tea & relax in a bath. That box has totally spoiled me & I recommend it for anyone wanting to receive legit good beauty products in the mail. You can use my link here!
- Favorite Bath Products
Self care is whatever practice or hobby that makes you feel at peace. I’m a huge believer that naps & actual rest are also good for the soul. Today I laid down after my grocery trip for two hours & didn’t budge. My body needed that. It may not have needed the two chocolate bars I had today, but maybe it did. They made me feel at peace (until I entered them into MyFitnessPal).
After my research I’ve added a few more ideas for selfcare to my list, however I want to ease into them. Any time you tell yourself, “the internet says I need to exercise for 30 minutes & then make dinner & then nap in order to feel better” it tends to make us all freak out. I’d like to try more yoga, more reading & more tea. Tonight while I’m making a cup of sleepy time tea & finishing this post, I remind myself, slow & steady wins the race.